How to install Counter Strike Source server on Ubuntu Server 16.04

It’s time for a little fun. In this tutorial we will provide you the instructions on how to run a Counter Strike Source server on a Ubuntu 16.04 Cloud Server.


For this tutorial we are using the Cloud Server 2GB , although smaller instances should handle one game server absolutely fine aswell.

Update the package manager and install some libraries that will be required:

sudo apt-get install lib32gcc1 libc6-i386

Add a new user for the game server and switch to it (we do this for security reasons, don’t run the game service in ‘root’):

sudo adduser steam

su steam


We’ll use SteamCMD to download the game server so first we need to obtain it:

cd ~

mkdir SteamCMD

cd SteamCMD && wget

tar -xvzf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

After extracting the archive you’ll be able to use the ./ command:


In the Steam shell that will open, type in the following command to install the game server:

login anonymous
force_install_dir ./css/
app_update 232330 validate

After a while the installation will be complete and you can exit the Steam shell:


Running the Counter Strike Source server

Now that you’re ready to start your server, enter the css directory:

cd css

and run the following command to start the server:

./srcds_run -console -game cstrike -maxplayers 20 - port 27015 +map de_dust2

Parameters like map and players limit are straight forward.

To connect to your server use it’s public IP address.


Have fun!